The kinetics of phase separation in a liquid binary mixture

Chung Yuan Mou, Ronald Lovett

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A dynamical theory for the spontaneous formation and growth of spherical drops in a metastable liquid phase is constructed out of hydrodynamics, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, and thermodynamic fluctuation theory and used to predict the nucleation kinetics for phase separation in a liquid binary mixture. The nucleation rate is considerably lower than that predicted by classical nucleation theory and the inhomogeneities which result from forming nuclei in a finite time cause the actual kinetic path to differ considerably from the classical path. A qualitative agreement with experiment is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3298-3309
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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